News ARRL Volunteer Monitor (VM) Program.


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“New ARRL Volunteer Monitor (VM) Program


ARRL Members Only Web site

11:58 AM (5 hours ago)

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Aloha all,

ARRL HQ passed on this message about the new VM program.  If you have
interest in helping this important program, please make sure to apply
before the window closes.  The ARRL Pacific Section can provide a unique
perspective to the program from our Pacific location.


Window Closing on July 15 for Volunteer Monitor Program Applications

As of the close of business on Monday, July 15, applications for the new
Volunteer Monitor Program no longer will be accepted. Some 250
applications have been submitted to fill approximately 150 Volunteer
Monitor (VM) positions in the program, which is succeeding the Official
Observer (OO) program. Retired FCC special counsel and former Atlantic
Division Vice Director Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, is overseeing
ARRL’s role in the development and implementation of the program, and
he has been interviewing every applicant. Those not selected as VMs will
be placed in a reserve pool. Current OOs were invited to apply for

Approved by the ARRL Board of Directors at its July 2018 meeting, the
new Volunteer Monitor Program represents a formal agreement between the
FCC and ARRL in which volunteers trained and vetted by ARRL will monitor
the airwaves and collect evidence that can be used to correct misconduct
as well as to recognize exemplary on-air operation. ARRL will refer
incidents of flagrant violations to the FCC for action, in accordance
with FCC guidelines, and the FCC will give priority to enforcement cases
developed by the Volunteer Monitor Program. The FCC proposed the program
following the closures of several FCC regional office and a reduction in
field staff.

ARRL and the FCC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that
establishes the Volunteer Monitor Program as a replacement for the
Official Observers.

The first Volunteer Monitors could be in place and ready to begin their
duties by this fall.


ARRL Pacific Section
Section Manager: Joseph Speroni, AH0A”


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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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